Introduction to Music
MUSC 101

Instructor:   Ross Mann.  You may contact me through my mailbox at BCCC.
  or via email at  :

Office Hours: Monday and Friday , 11:00 - 12:00
Wednesday and Thursday,  12:00 - 1:00

Course Format and Syllabus




MUSIC - AN APPRECIATION -    The site for our textbook.  Includes a number of resources including flashcards
    featuring important terms and quizzes on each chapter.  Those students with computers are also encouraged to make use
    of the CD-Rom that accompanies your textbook.

Essentials of Music -   A easy to navigate site covering the main eras, composers and forms of classical music.

WWW.CLASSICAL.NET         CD reviews, Composer biographies and links 

You may use the following databases on campus and from home
(with your BCCC username/password)  to locate articles on Concert or classical  music,  genres and composers..  


In addition to popular websites such as Youtube and a variety of social networking sites,  
you may also find links to artist websites and free audio/video files on the sites below:

Classical Cat  -  An enormous catalog of  classical music/artists with links to FREE MP3s, artist websites and more!

Musopen - Free public domain scores and recordings of music by many classical composers.

NetNewMusic - Portal featuring new music mp3 sites by composers and performers.

Jerusalem Music Centre - Downloadable recordings of live concerts featuring many different performers and composers.

ISGM Music Library - Podcast and archive of classical concerts from the Gardner Museum in Boston.

A-M Classical - Free classical music mp3 downloads: Pachelbel Canon, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Handel, Chopin, and Joplin.
Mozart Tower Archive - Large collection of Mozart recordings, appears to be his complete works.

Virtually Baroque - Baroque selections in mp3 realized with MIDI samples and pipe organ.

Piano Society - Free mp3 recordings of classical piano music by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and other composers


    There are many concert presenters offering free and discounted tickets for concerts - particularly for students.
Please find a selection of some the best in the region below:

Philadelphia Orchestra or Ticket Philadelphia at 215.893.1999 offers several discount ticket programs, instructions from their website are below.

   PECO Power Hour: The Philadelphia Orchestra Community Ticket Program The Philadelphia Orchestra makes PECO Power Hour seats available for $10 at the Kimmel Box Office between 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm the day of each subscription concert (11:30 am -12:30 pm for 2 pm performances). The seating will be throughout the hall, subject to management selection and availability. Please note that there is a one ticket per person limit for each ticket purchase.
   Student Understudy Program: Advance Purchase For students who desire ultimate flexibility, we offer the Student Understudy Program. A package of four vouchers for $24 may be purchased in advance at the Box Office with a valid student ID. Students may exchange their vouchers for a Student Understudy ticket at the concert of their choice, which gives them the opportunity to sit in any available seat on the Orchestra level. Students should gather at the student sign between the box office and the Spruce Street entrance ten minutes before the concert begins and an usher will escort them into the hall to an available seat.
   Day of Purchase: Beginning one hour before any subscription concert, students with a valid student ID may purchase a Student Understudy ticket for $8 at the box office. Only one ticket may be purchased per ID, and tickets are subject to availability. Prior to the concert, students purchasing Student Understudy tickets on the day of the concert follow the same process as students exchanging advance purchase vouchers. Students can exchange their vouchers at any time during the day of the performance at the box office or over the phone.

Opera Company of Philadelphia or Ticket Philadelphia at (215) 893 - 1999
   Student Rush!   Two hours prior to performance time at the Academy of Music Box Office, students with a valid ID pay only $5 (A BARGAIN!)  for Amphitheatre seating or pay only half price to sit anywhere else in the house. Subject to availability.

   Student Discount Students are eligible for a 10% DISCOUNT ON ADVANCE SALES. Tickets can be purchased by calling Ticket Philadelphia at (215) 893 - 1999 or at The Kimmel Center Box Office, located on the corner of Spruce and Broad Streets (must provide valid student I.D.).

Philadelphia Chamber Music Society or 215-569-8080
   Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presents dozens of chamber music and vocal programs in different venues throughout Philadelphia. They offer a program where students may:
   >Buy a pack of three student ticket vouchers for $24.
   >When there’s a concert you’d like to see, call our box office three days ahead of time or less, and we’ll turn your voucher into a ticket.
   >Bring your voucher to the concert - we’ll have your ticket waiting for you. That’s it. No waiting at the door for a seat, no standing in line for rush tickets, no paying $75 to get the seat you want. It’s simple and it’s cheap.

Concert Opera Philadelphia
        An opera company presenting concert  (non-staged) opera productions.  Student tickets available for $15.

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
    A range of ticketed events for which Student Rush tickets are occasionally available for Kimmel Center Presents performances. Student Rush tickets are $10 and are best available seating, based on prior sales. Students may call 215-893-1999 on the day of the event for availability. When available, Student Rush tickets go on sale 30 minutes before performance time and may be purchased at the Kimmel Center box office with a valid student ID. Limit one per person.

      A limited number of Community Rush tickets are available for every Kimmel Center Presents performance at the Kimmel Center. $10 Community Rush Tickets go on sale the day of the event and can be purchased at the Kimmel Center box office beginning at 5:30pm for evening performances and 11:30am for matinees. Limit one per person.

     The Kimmel Center also offers some 75 free performances per season on the Commonwealth Plaza stage.

University of Pennsylvania / Penn Presents

Colleges and universities

   Colleges and universities throughout the region present free concerts during the school year as well.     For on-campus programs presented by the Music area at Bucks,  you can find listings of upcoming programs in the glass case immediately inside the New Arts building,  to the left of room 001.  The Music department presents many free programs.

    For on-campus programs presented by the Music area,  you can also find listings of upcoming programs in the glass case immediately inside the New Arts building,  to the left of room 001.  The Music department presents many free programs every term as do many other area colleges and universities.

Bucks County College - Free on campus concert listings
                       - Jazz at Bucks Concert Series

Temple University - Music / Dance events

West Chester University,   College of visual and performing arts  -                                                                                                                                                                                    Use the calendar feature on the right to search for music events     

Curtis Institute of Music,  Philadelphia, PA
        Find concert listings on the menu on the right -  Free student recitals are presented several times a week!.

Montgomery County College - Live Arts Series,  Blue Bell, PA

Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA

Westminster Choir College & Rider University,  Princeton, NJ

The College of New Jersey, Trenton, NJ

Rowan University

Additional concert listings & presenters:

Philly Fun Guide A regional events, music, dance, and theater listing service.  Check out the Free features!

Bucks County Performing Arts Center - Yardley, PA,  presents programs year round

Jazzmatazz   -  A website focused on Philadelphia jazz artists, venues and shows.

WRTI Datebook - An extensive calendar of jazz and classical music throughout the region

Philadelphia City Paper - Published every Thursday. 
      Use the Search Events feature on the right hand side

Bucks County Piano - Concert listings

Bucks County Magazine    -  Select "Bucks County Magazine" and follow link for 'calendar' on left.  Scroll down page for music events.

Philadelphia Inquirer - Concert Listings by date, location, genre, etc...

Bucks County Events Calendar  - A variety of coming events - frequently includes concert listings.    -   a detailed events search is available.